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104 Scriptural Concepts That Will Change Us This Year!

It’s really 104 scriptural concepts, not just 52, that will shape us this year!  Because we have 52 verses to memorize and then 52 corresponding narrative texts to dive deeper into! 



Jan 5/6 | God’s Intention | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Narrative Text: Genesis 1 & 2 | Creation

Jan 12/13 | Your Design | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Genesis 1:26-27a
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, . .”

Narrative Text: Ephesians 1 | Identity

Jan 19/20 | Others Inclusion | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Acts 17:26 “ From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

 Narrative TextJonah 1-3 | Racism

Jan 26/27 | Our Impact | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Matthew 28:18-20
…“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Narrative Text: Acts 10-11 | Commission

For You

“For You” is a Giving Series: Giving is not what God wants from you but what he wants for you. God wants to show us how to increase the things most important in our lives through the means of generosity. Only by giving can we receive God’s best.

Feb 2/3 | God Wants Your Heart | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Matthew 6:19-20  
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Narrative Text: Joshua 5:13-7:26 | Money

Feb 9/10 | God Wants Your Trust | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Narrative Text: Genesis 41-45 | Worry

Feb 16/17 | God Wants Your Happiness | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Narrative Text: Job 1-2 | Happiness

Feb 23/24 | God Wants You Saved | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Ephesians 2:9-10
…not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. These steps that you participate on are NOT works. The tithes and offerings of this church are stewarded to maximize this gift of God in this community. The Biblical mandate to give to God is the single most powerful recruitment tool for talented people. We need you. Will you be all in for the vision of God in this body?

Narrative Text: Luke 15 | Grace

Walk This Way

We are going to look at 4 of the top verses that help us know the way to Walk in this life! We all want change, freedom, wisdom and rest in our lives but exactly how do we get these elusive things to happen? God’s word has some incredible insight and perhaps even NEW things for us in getting the results God wants us to have. Join the conversation as we learn to ‘Walk This Way’ . . . and yes, we are thinking about that 90’s song too.

March 2/3 | Transform | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Narrative Text: Matthew: 17:1-20 | Change

March 9/10 | Freedom | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”

Narrative Text: John 8:1-11 | Freedom

March 16/17 | Wisdom | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Narrative Text: 1 Kings 3: 10-11 | Wisdom

March 23/24 | Rest | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Mark 2:27-28
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Narrative Text: 2 Kings 25 | Rest


It Is…

This is your time to find out the real story!  What is the deal with Christianity, the celebration of Easter and the claim that Jesus was not a man but a God.  What is it all about?  For 5 weeks we will be diving into the “it is . . . “ series.  There are so many things to discover and This is Your Time.

March 30/31 | MYSTERY | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: John 1:14
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Narrative Text: Luke 2, Matthew 2 | Incarnation

April 6/7 | INWARD | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7  
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Narrative Text: 1 Samuel 15-16 | Kingdom 

April 13/14 | WELL | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: John 12:12-13
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”  “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

April 18 | HEAVY | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: John 13: 3-9 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

April 19 | FINISHED | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Matthew 16:24-25
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Narrative Text: Mark 15 | Cross

April 20/21 | CLEAR | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: 1 Corinthians 15: 1- 11
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

Narrative Text: John 11, Mark 16 | Resurrection

April 27/28 | ASSIGNED | Watch Sermon
Core Verse: Acts 1:9
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Narrative Text: Acts 1 | Ascension

How It’s Made

May 4/5 | The Good Shepherd | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Psalm 23:”The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshesmy soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Narrative Text: John 10 | Shepherd

May 11/12 | Ruth | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Narrative Text: Ruth 1: 8-10 | Grit

May 18/19 | Joseph | Watch Sermon

Core Verse:Phil 2:5-7
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with Godsomething to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Narrative Text: Genesis 37,39 & 40 | Humility 

May 25/26 | Mentorship | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: 2Timothy 1:9-11 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,  but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.”

Narrative Text: John 12:1-8, 13:1-14 | Mentorship 

June 1/2 | Nehemiah Walls | Watch Sermon

Core Verse:Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverancethe race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Narrative Text: Nehemiah 1-2 | Leadership

These Things I Leave You

June 8/9 | The Holiest Place on Earth | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: John 4:23-24
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Narrative Text: Exodus 40 | Worship 

June 15/16 | Unity | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Ephesians 4:4-7
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Narrative Text: Acts 15 | Unity 

June 22/23 | Scripture | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of Goda]”> may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Narrative Text: Mark 4 & 5 | Storms

June 29/30 | Prayer | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Luke 11:1-4
Now Jesusa]”> was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Narrative Text: James 1 | Faithfulness

July 6/7 | Communion | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: John 6:53
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 

Narrative Text: Exodus 12 & 13 | Passover

July 13/14 | Heaven | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Revelation 21: 1-3
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling placea]”> of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,b]”> and God himself will be with them as their God.

Narrative Text: Revelation 21 & 22 | Heaven


The Good Life

July 20/21 | Morality | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Matthew 5:20
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Narrative Text: Judges 15-16

August 3/4 | Blessed | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Matthew 5:11-12
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Narrative Text: John 3-4

August 10/11 | The Golden Rule | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Matthew 7:12
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Narrative Text: Luke 10:25-37 

This Is Your Time

September 7/8 | Holy Spirit | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Narrative Text: Acts 2 

September 14/15 | God’s Plan: Discipleship | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:16
for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Narrative Text: Acts 17-18

September 21/22 | The Fall | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Genesis 3:6
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Narrative Text: Genesis 3-4:16

September 28/29 | Holiness | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Leviticus 11:44-45
I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

Narrative Text: 2 Samuel 11; Psalms 51

October 5/6 | Supernatural | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Narrative Text: Revelation 12-14

October 12/13 | Commands | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Mark 12: 28-31
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Narrative Text: Exodus 20

October 19/20 | Pain | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Psalm 118:22
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

Narrative Text: Acts 3-5

Big Stuff

October 26/27 | Covenant | Watch Sermon

Core Verse: Genesis 15: 5-6

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Narrative Text: Genesis 21-22:18